Domestic Violence Definitions in Florida

As Jacksonville Domestic Battery Attorneys, we are often asked to define the words “domestic violence”. The actual definition in Florida is any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death or a family or household member by another family or household member. A family or household member is a spouse, former spouse, person related by blood or marriage, person who you are presently living with as if a family, person who you have lived with as if a family in the past, or person you have a child with.

It is very easy to be arrested for domestic battery in Jacksonville. A person can call the police and tell them you touched them against their will. Our Jacksonville Criminal Law Firm represented a man who had a girlfriend tell police he hit her in the eye. After he was arrested for domestic battery, the alleged victim (girlfriend), came into our office to show us how she applied makeup to make it look like she had a black eye. Our Jacksonville Criminal Lawyers were able to get the domestic violence charge dropped, but some damage had already been done because he was arrested. He was arrested for a crime he did not commit and thankfully, we were able to convince the state attorney to drop the charges.